TOPEKA, KS—Plans to transform four historic buildings in downtown Topeka into a 79-room boutique hotel and restaurant are underway. Cyrus Hotel and Holliday Public House will occupy the four existing historic structures of 912, 916, 918 and 920 Kansas Ave., along with an additional five-story tower. The venue features more than 10,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space with full catering services.
Located a block from the Capitol building on the recently redesigned and greenscaped Kansas Ave., the hotel and restaurant honor Topeka’s founder, Cyrus K. Holliday. According to the developer, in an 1854 letter to his wife, Holliday described the area as “perhaps the best landing and the most eligible site for a city in the entire country.”
“In a way, a new vision for Topeka is taking place, an updated, modern version of Cyrus K. Holliday’s original vision—a brilliant destiny is awaiting our town,” said Cody Foster, Cyrus Hotel project developer and Topeka businessman. “I believe in this city and, more importantly, I believe in the people in and around this city. I’m excited about the direction we are headed and enjoy playing a small role in Topeka’s growth.”
Foster partnered with Plainville, KS, businessman Chuck Comeau. Comeau is the founder of Liberty Group, an urban renewal development company whose focus is downtown redevelopment and the renovation of historic buildings.
Foster and Comeau worked with Lake Flato, an architectural firms based in San Antonio, to develop plans for the hotel. Architect 1 and McPherson Contractors are also on board.
The project team also includes David Bowd, founder of Salt Hotels of New York, and former CEO for Ian Schrager Hotels and André Balazs Hotels of New York, Los Angeles and London, to head up the Cyrus Hotel’s operations.
“I see the Cyrus Hotel Topeka as the gateway for visitors into Topeka. We are a major part of their impression of the city and local neighborhood. We will operate this hotel to very high standards and provide a wonderful personal level of service to all of our guests,” said Bowd.